For the look of Relax in a worsted weight yarn, take a look at Worsted Boxy.

Thin Men of Manhattan! And Mr. Boy!

Thin Men of Manhattan!  And Mr. Boy!

Dear Ann, It’s always exciting when a new issue of Twist Collective goes live, and I get to see what we wrote. In the brand-new Summer 2009 issue, there are additional delights: Franklin, at the height of his powers in “13 Ways of Looking at a Knitter.” A wonderful piece of literate, laugh-out-loud whimsy, with drawings reminiscent of Picasso’s late work. (My Franklin crush is obviously out of control: hello,...

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Free Pattern!

Dear Kay, Look! It’s the next Clapotis! Anybody can knit for a fake chicken. Kudos to Erika (Ravelry link) for taking it to the next level. Pattern instruction: “The front two corners are tacked together, because chickens can’t use shawl pins.” Love, Ann PS Thanks to Meg McG. for this link . ....

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Twelve Daddies Puffing

Twelve Daddies Puffing

Dear Ann: I love Reader Mail. This just in, from Barbara: Hi Kay, [Puff Daddy] is the perfect pattern. A little bit of luxurious yarn, a little time, and boom, I just finished making 12 of them for the girls in my New York and Hong Kong offices! Here are the ones I got to pose…. So, everybody who is freaking about their Holiday Knitting, channel your Inner Barbara. If you were knitting everybody a Puff Daddy, you’d be finished by...

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Puff Daddy is in the House!

Puff Daddy is in the House!

Dear Ann, Remember Mariko and the crazy puff scarflet she found in her dad’s closet and how we all squee’d at the cuteness and eggzamined it very carefully to see how it was made? And how we suffered 70s Acrylic Flashbacks and speculated how terrific this accessory would be, if knitted up in Good Yarn, by which we mean a free-range natural fiber preferably of a high-altitude ruminant? The original has yielded up its secrets, and...

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Envious? Me?

Envious? Me?

Dear Kay, I am writing today mostly to brag about my new friend Mareike. I met Mareike two weeks ago, when Hubbo and I were invited to a back-to-school party hosted by a Vanderbilt professor and his wife whom I’d never met. It was the first time in ages that I had attended a party that involved a keg. How thrilling! How communal! We are all going to drink this thing together! There were dozens of young graduate students speaking foreign...

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Jamesey!

Dear Kay, Quick! The new Knitty is up. And–as if a new Knitty wasn’t enough reason to drop everything and become totally useless–there’s a pattern by Mary Neal Meador, my sister-in-law. My nephew James + gansey = Jamesey. I just love this pattern. You do know that in some previous life, I was a fisherman’s wife, sitting on the jetty, knitting like a maniac, waiting for the man to come home from the sea. Well, Mary...

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Archaeological Dig Unearths Long-Lost Treasure

Archaeological Dig Unearths Long-Lost Treasure

Dear Kay, Get a load of this tale, which landed in my In box like a dusty note from a dig in the Egyptian desert: As I surfed through your archives, I noticed a post about Kaffe Fassett Pebbles. I just had to email you. I was gifted with stash from a retired knitter. In it was a gorgeous panel of Kaffe Fassett Pebbles (the whole back) and lots of yarn. How did I earn this stash? Well, nothing except that I am probably the only enthusiastic...

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MDK Finished Objects Spotted in the Field

MDK Finished Objects Spotted in the Field

Dear Kay, My spies have unearthed evidence that there are TWO handknits lurking the halls of Clif’s school: Clif, with Robin, teacher/knitter extraordinaire The dragon got an eye and not a bit more. I particularly like the snug fit achieved when this sweater is worn over the school uniform sweatshirt. Very Hans and Franz. (I’m still aching to put sleeves on the thing.) And the Kiri shawl found its destiny. Robin has no idea how...

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Ho Ho Hoooooooooooooo

Ho Ho Hoooooooooooooo

Dear Kay, In this holiday season, we all try to be helpful, right? We try rilly hard to do what we can. Well, we have a challenge before us: Nicki is overwhelmed with the urge to recreate the sweater her mother made back when her mother [pause for moment of awe] owned a yarn shop here in Nashville. Back in the day when this was a once-in-a-city business. Back when the pioneers of our art form stocked the Bernat, the Pingouin, the Sirdar back...

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Weekend Devotion

Weekend Devotion

Dear Ann, I’ve been knitting in secret again. I don’t mean knitting presents– which I’m NOT DOING THIS YEAR, ok?–I mean knitting stuff and then forgetting to blog about it. In the spirit of No Knit Left Behind, here goes. Genius and a Great Baby Jacket Over the Thanksgiving weekend I made a Baby Suprise Jacket. I made it because in her description of it in Newsletter and Leaflet #21, Fall ’68 (“Free...

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